Texas historian has called Bob Bowman “the people’s historian”
because his writings reflect down-to-earth East Texas
history--forgotten towns, good ol’ boy
expressions, historic murders, unusual Cemeteries, home
remedies and other subjects beloved by East Texans.
Born at Hickory Grove in Anderson County and reared in logging and
sawmill towns, Bob wrote for newspapers at Diboll, Tyler, Lufkin and Houston
before embarking on a successful public relations and marketing
career at Lufkin.
Bob and his wife Doris have written almost 40 books, won numerous awards,
and are among the most popular speakers in East Texas. They also own
Best of East Texas Publishers of Lufkin, which publishes books for
authors throughout Texas.
Bob is a former member of the Texas Historical Commission, former president
of the East Texas Historical Association, and served on the Texas
Sesquicentennial Commission and the Texas Capitol Centennial
Commission. He and Doris have also served as chairs of Humanities